There are 227 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 9 active cases in ICU, including 4 on a ventilator, and an additional 6 cleared cases in ICU.
6,345,011 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.
69.8 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had 2 doses.
2,102 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 1,634 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 468 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.
Sadly, the Department was notified of 24 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90 years and over. Of the reported deaths, 20 occurred in the past week. The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 5,423. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 3,812.
The Victorian Department of Health regularly undertakes reviews and audits of the State’s reported deaths to ensure the accuracy of our COVID-19 mortality figures.
The Victorian Department of Health is formally notified of deaths of people known to have COVID-19 via a number of different sources, including the Victorian Death Index, Victorian Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS), the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and local public health units. The department updates its confirmed death statistics daily.
There are 11,995 active cases in Victoria. The number of active cases in Victoria continues to decline from a peak of 71,428 recorded on 23 July.
8,213 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 22,224,965.
Updated information about ventilation
The Department of Health has published updated information on its website about the importance of ventilation in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 spreads when a person breathes out very small droplets or aerosols that contain the virus. Aerosols can float in the air for a long time and other people breathe them in, spreading the virus.
Adding fresh air into a space reduces the number of aerosols in a room and reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission from one person to another.
You can see the updated information on the Department’s ventilation pages.
Check your eligibility for COVID-19 medicines
The Department of Health has developed a new online tool to help people determine if they may be eligible for COVID-19 medicines.
By answering a series of online questions about your age and medical conditions, the online tool assesses your eligibility for COVID-19 medicines. This tool does not replace the advice of a GP. It is a guide only. A GP is the best person to help you decide the right medicine for you.
Find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 medicines.
New weekly Chief Health Officer update
The Chief Health Officer Update is moving to a weekly update, which will start from tomorrow, Friday 9 September. The daily tweet containing COVID-19 data will also be published once a week, on Fridays.
This new start date has been chosen to align with weekly COVID-19 reporting being produced in all other Australian states and territories.
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